I’m glad to back in Atlanta. The midwest will take some getting used to.
I met extensively with the director of the doctoral program and the coordinator of my area of concentration. I learned that they’d already waived several classes for me since I’d recently completed similar work for my MPA. That took the time needed to complete the coursework down from 3.5-4 years to 2-2.5. Add 2-3 semesters for writing the dissertation and I’m outta there. Plus I’ll be teaching my own courses in my second year and collaborating on research with 2 highly productive academic departments.
I thought a lot about the opportunity with the Fed and school. Both are great opportunities in very different ways. I’ve wanted to earn my doctorate degree for a very, very long time. I’ve also wanted some stability for a long time. I want to be in a position that will allow me to continue to learn. One will do so in a more straight-forward way. I argued before that school will always be an option and it could be put off. Not true. In fact, after working for several years, it will be hard to adjust to a modest stipend to live off of. But who’s to say a “good” job will be waiting for me after school.
It’s hard to do pros and cons of 2 good things. Both require some sort of sacrifice but both can have great rewards. In the end, I had to remember what my ultimate goal always was: to earn my doctorate degree from a respected university.
So I’m moving to Ohio.
Am I nervous? yep
Anxious? sure am
I found a small apartment on the west side. It includes ALL of my utilities so all I’m responsible for (in addition to rent) is phone and cable. With heating rates scheduled to increase substantially over the next year, I think I struck gold with this place. Small it is, but it’s only me. On the lake.
At Tommy’s, a great vegetarian-friendly restaurant on Coventry
The city’s cool. The lake didn’t stink. Everything I wanted to see was between 7 and 8.5 miles from downtown. There isn’t as much to see in Cleveland, but you don’t have to travel far for essentials. The market is on the west side, I’m living on the west side and Target, Whole Foods, Food Co-op and Trader Joe’s aren’t too far. My university is right downtown on the main street (just like Georgia State!) so I can easily take the bus everyday.